Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Sciences! We are an educational community devoted to student success. As the liberal arts core of Ithaca College, we endeavor to instill in our students a passion for learning and discovery, skills and capabilities needed for success in a fast-changing world, and reflective perspectives for a life of purpose. Our faculty, academic programs, and student services support our mission.

Our faculty are teacher-scholars whose pedagogy and research reinforce each other. They are well-respected and nationally known experts / artists in the field, but what distinguish them is their commitment to students’ intellectual and personal growth. They take a personal interest in their students’ success and work closely with them on exploring knowledge, imparting skills, conducting research, counseling internships and graduate schools, or serving as their mentors. Many engage in high-impact pedagogical practices. Their impact on their students far exceeds the students’ classroom or four-year college experience.

Our academic programs are designed to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. They seek to encourage creative expression and sharpen communication skills; develop critical thinking skills and the capacity for self-reflection; and promote dialogue, collaborative problem-solving, and democratic citizenry. Our mission is not just teaching students, but imparting in them a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge.

With 23 academic departments, 52 undergraduate degree programs, 2 graduate degree programs, and 45 minors, the School of Humanities and Sciences offers programs in a wide range of academic disciplines in creative arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students can pursue traditional disciplinary majors and interdisciplinary programs within the school and across the college, or create their own intellectual pathways. Our strong connections with the other four pre-professional schools provide our students with unique opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

Our courses, particularly our offerings as part of the Integrated Core Curriculum, encourage students to make connections that deepen their understanding of the range of traditions, methodologies, and ways of thinking that we represent. But learning in H&S extends beyond the classroom door. Experiential learning – opportunities for students to apply the disciplinary knowledge they have learned in a variety of different settings -- is at the heart of our educational mission. We provide students with a wide array of opportunities, including faculty-mentored or faculty-student collaborative research in sciences and other disciplines, culturally immersive learning and travel, civic engagement that brings about learning through service, and professional practice through engagement in structured internships.

Our student services are dedicated to working with the student and all the support resources to enable student success. Our educational philosophy is to develop the student’s whole person.

Our goal is to foster students’ intellect, creativity, and character, which give them a solid foundation, so that they graduate from Ithaca College knowing a lot more about who they are, who they want to be, and what they will do next. Whatever that involves – whether it be graduate study, the beginning of a specific career path, or a service opportunity at home or abroad – Humanities and Sciences students leave here with the knowledge, capabilities, skills, and purposefulness to be successful in their future endeavors.

I encourage you to explore our programs by examining materials available on this website. I also encourage you to visit us to discover for yourself the outstanding facilities and great natural beauty that set our campus apart. And reach out to our faculty and staff – we love what we do and would be happy to tell you more about the abundant opportunities available to you in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Politics